5 Of The Best Natural Ingredients For A Dry Scalp
Target scalp itchiness, flakes and dryness with these miracle workers
Suffering from a dry scalp isn’t fun. On top of being annoying, itchy and uncomfortable, it can take a pretty big toll on your confidence if you’re feeling self-conscious about flakes. And no one needs that!
The tricky part about scalp dryness is that it’s really common to miss the signs that it’s lacking hydration until the stage where it’s really noticeable. But there are little signs you can look out for to soothe a dry scalp before it gets to that stage.
It might be that your hair is taking what seems like forever to grow, it feels a tad uncomfortable when you brush it, or you’ve noticed a tiny patch that feels itchy but you’ve been ignoring it as it doesn’t seem to affect your whole scalp.
But it’s not just about your scalp, either: a hydrated scalp is a happy scalp and a happy scalp means healthy, gorgeous hair. So here are the top natural ingredients to look out for if you want to keep your scalp in amazing condition so your hair can follow suit.
1. Dry scalp hero: Hemp seed oil
Thanks to being rich in fatty acids, hemp seed oil helps with moisture retention. It’s also packed with amino acids, which help regulate the production of sebum – your body’s natural oils – which is key as over or under-production of your scalp’s natural oils is a leading cause of dryness and dandruff.
Not only that, hemp seed oil is known for its calming, anti-inflammatory benefits, which sounds amazing if you're familiar with a dry scalp, doesn’t it? Make Love Beauty and Planet’s Hemp Seed Oil & Nana Leaf Shampoo and Conditioner your first port of call if you’re experiencing irritation to give your scalp the TLC it needs.
2. Dry scalp hero: Charcoal
As charcoal acts as a detoxifier, applying it to a scalp that’s dry may seem counterproductive – but hear us out. One of the things that could be contributing to your dry scalp is product build-up, along with a dry skin build-up you’re probably experiencing, too.
Charcoal can give your scalp a deep yet gentle clean, lifting away any dirt and dead skin. So if you have any scalp itchiness, flakes or dryness, using Love Beauty and Planet’s Sulfate-Free Charcoal & Bergamot Shampoo Scrub once a week (or fortnight, depending on your needs) will be a real scalp saver.
3. Dry scalp hero: Shea Butter
Shea butter has long been used in hair care products (especially those that focus on the scalp) due to its anti-inflammatory properties, which help to reduce redness and irritation. But the fatty acids and vitamins it's packed with also make it a super hydrator. That’s why Love Beauty and Planet’s Sulfate-Free Shea Butter & Sandalwood Shampoo is an amazing choice if your scalp has gone from happy-go-lucky to moody and irritated.
4. Dry scalp hero: Blue-green algae
Known for it’s moisturizing and hydrating properties, blue-green algae will moisturize your entire scalp and hair, from root to tip. The goodness it provides doesn’t stop there, though, as it also contains vitamin B12, which can help reduce redness and inflammation – two common side effects of psoriasis. Oh and thanks to the proteins and fibers it contains, it creates a little protective film on your scalp, which helps regulate that all-important sebum production. Try it in Love Beauty and Planet’s Sulfate-Free Blue-Green Algae & Eucalyptus Shampoo, and your scalp and hair will reward you with less irritation and more hydration, shine and bounce (AKA, hair happiness).
5. Dry scalp hero: Grapeseed oil
Last but by no means least, grapeseed oil is a secret superhero, with more hidden benefits than you’d imagine. It promotes hair growth thanks to its high doses of vitamin E, flavonoids and linoleic acid. It not only hydrates, but it seals in moisture, meaning your scalp and hair will be less likely to lose it again. Most excitingly of all, it reduces dandruff and soothes itchy, flaky scalps.
Love Beauty and Planet’s Sandalwood & Grapeseed Natural Oils Infusion is a hair oil that can be used on wet or dry hair. If dandruff is getting you down, we recommend massaging this directly on to your scalp pre-shower and you’ll step out with lusciously nourished and silky smooth hair that smells of an exotic vacation.